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Grateful Dead Live at Roosevelt Stadium on 1973-08-01

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Grateful Dead Live at Roosevelt Stadium on 1973-08-01

Set 1

The Promised Land
The Race Is On
You Ain't Woman Enough
Bird Song
Mexicali Blues
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Stella Blue
Big River
Casey Jones

Set 2

Around And Around
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Me And My Uncle
Row Jimmy
Dark Star ->
El Paso ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Morning Dew
Sugar Magnolia

Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Roosevelt Stadium
Location Jersey City, NJ

Source See Notes
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Taped by See Notes
Transferred by SIRMick


This is a remaster of shnid 12222
source 1: SBD>MR>R>R>D>CD>EAC>SHN
source 2: SBD>MR>C>D>CD>EAC>SHN
source 3: AUD>MR>C>C>C>CD>EAC>SHN

- dc offset removed from all tracks
- the left channel, in the aud source, has been boosted by 2.4 decibels
- a substantial number of sub-second dropouts have been repaired and several clicks removed
- the first few notes in d1t13 were missing and have been patched in from the aud, and the whole track pitch adjusted
- a number of level adjustments have been made
- the transitions between most tracks have been cleaned up
- some noise reduction has been applied to sbd tracks, except for d2t03-d2t06

remastered by
June 2008


Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2014
Subject: --
Yeah, not the greatest ever or whatevs, but a nice show - first set is rather blah except for that feedback-launched Bird Song (cool), and a rare first-set Stella.

Second set has, indeed, an amazing sequence - Dark Star is quite something - jazzy, spacey, everything you can expect from '73...the overall suite is so strong it pushes this show into 4-star territory.

GDTRFB cuts in right at the beginning, and OMSN is quite muffled, so take-or-leave those encores. It's the DS/Eyes/Dew stuff that makes this one special.
Reviewer: kochman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2013
Subject: The Meat is Argentine Steak, the sides are less pleasing
08-01-73 Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, N.J. (Wed)
1: Promised, Sugaree, Race Is On, You Ain't Woman Enough, Bird Song, Mexicali, TLEO, Jack Straw, Stella Blue, Big River, Casey Jones
2: Around, Half Step, Me & My Uncle, Row Jimmy, Dark Star> El Paso> Eyes> Morning Dew, Sugar Magnolia> GDTRFB> Saturday Night
Jerry Garcia's 31st birthday - also: The Band

Promised is ready to roll right out of the box.
Sugaree has a decent energy to it, but it takes Keith's nudging. By the end of the song I'm certain he was trying to break his piano.
Race is On is always a fun one for Bobby to break out, not super common, but it had longevity.
Woman Enough, seriously?
Bird Song comes to save me from plummetting off my building. It's peaks and valleys, in a nice way. The lyrics in particular. There are some sound issues, it seems, during this one, instrument balance. I may have to review it on other sources to see how it is. This is the SIRMick SBD.
Mexicali has no SQ issues, so perhaps that BSong was just played that way? No point in speculating. Anyhow, this is a fine Mexicali, nice energy and teamwork.
TLEO has a good tempo, but doesn't really do much for me.
Jack Straw is getting more developed at this point. Still starting out folkier than I prefer. The energy picks up and becomes one of my favorite versions from this era.
Stella Blue was a 1st setter in this period. Interesting placement. Most years it was firmly second set after something major. It was a nice version.
Big River is rocking. You'd expect nothing less, with Keith and Jerry going off while Billy pushes out a major beat. Holy cow the jam before the final verse will blow your ears off, and then the final jam before the last chorus picks up right there too! Great Big River, A+!
Casey Jones steams up and gets ready for a big ride after a big Big River. Great crashdown at the end.

Aroundx2 comes rockin out to start the 2nd. Energy way up already from 1st set, which just never quite turned the corner. Whatever occurred between sets, it worked! With every chord change in the jam section, energy gets up yet another tick. Berry would be proud.
1/2 Step is a done quite well after that hypercharged Around and Around. Jerry does some unique notes in his soloing here and there that were a nice change/risk taking opportunity. Not my favorite version but it kept things going nicely.
MAMU comes in with less than I'd like... but it gains speed quickly. Jerry does some great work here, behind the lyrics, emphasizing Bob's singing perfectly. Good version in the end but with slightly less umph than it is capable of giving.
Row Jimmy is the final song before the meat. Sloppy start. Compared to others of its day, it never really gets to where I like it. Stays too laid back.
For the next sequence, I switched to the David Gans source...
Dark Star>El Paso>Eyes>Dew defines the term "meat sequence". I've heard it before, so I knew going in this was where they put it altogether. Dark Star begins in its typical slow, soft intro of the day, with heavy cymbals raining as Jerry digs more and more into it. By 3 minutes in we start gathering more and more speed and are in a rather nice tempo. Billy has sprouted his extra limbs, keeping steady presence on the cymbal while hitting the other drums, particularly the snare, with great timing. The tempo, a driven pace, like a 72 PITB with a Dark Star theme. Around 12 minutes in we seem to be approaching the first verse. After the verse, we head into what seems to me almost like an Apocalypse Now inspired theme. Soft, weird drums, with soft, weird guitar. It gathers steam slowly, I am going to call it the Apocalypse Now Dark Star. Quite dark and enjoyable... and around 19 minutes we head into the early phases of an MLB Jam. They hadn't done an official one yet, at this point, the first being registered officially as 10/19/73 according to some, but it is listed in 9/21/72. They flirted with it for a second... a brief one. Then we get spacey for a brief moment in time, and have a quick Tiger that explodes into El Paso.
I love when El Paso finds its way out of Dark Star, not unheard of, but not common at all! They appeared in a show together 63 times according to The first "into", was 11/15/71, in TX, appropriately. Also 8/21 & 27/72, This is a great version of El Paso, and the last of 4 times it ever happened.
Eyes comes out of it full speed ahead, nice intro, great tempo. You can't go wrong. I won't blither on about it, it's one for the ages.
Eyes crumbles and they head straight into Dew, a Jerry two-fer. Serious power in this Dew, doing what a Dew is supposed to do. I have heard it brought up when people talk about best ever Dews. The middle jam could seem like the double, it is so intense. They were solidly into X factor at this point! The finale is powerful, and crashes down nicely. I don't know if I can say best ever Dew, but may be best of this period (72-retirement).
Sugar Mag>GDTRFB>OMSN is operating with a full head of steam. After that Gans source, there is a noticeable, but acceptable, downgrade in quality. Still a very good source from SIRMick. Sugar of course has energy, and tons of Bobby channeling Donna and vice versa in SSDD. GDTRFB is fun, and we are in the home stretch with a secured fine 2nd set. OMSN ends the show, no encore.

Overall thoughts, 1st set never turns the corner, 2nd set is off and on until one of the best meat sequences out there. Definitely a keeper.
Reviewer: cheesydeadphish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2011
Subject: Birthday Show!!!
This is a very nice show. You can hear the energy and the love. That DarkStar>El>Eyes is friggin' SICK!!!
Reviewer: reviewr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2009
Subject: Short Version...
Not the best show ever. The 1st set has it's moments. The 2nd set is real strong. The famous sequence of DarkStar>ElPaso>Eyes>MorngDew is worth it's reputation. Is Bill the best drumer ever?
Reviewer: )€-\) H€-\) - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2009
Subject: Caught this one last night on his B-day...
I just got done doing the leg work of organization and capture for this show, what a great night of music on the Fat Man's Birthday!!! We all miss him very much, since his death has brought a stop to a community we all enjoyed being a part of,touring with the Grateful Dead. May we commune here and enjoy what was most important, the feeling we get from their music. Happy Birthday from a loyal fan!
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 1, 1973 at Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America


~On This Day In GRATEFUL DEAD History~

Jerry Garcia's Birthday and I was there.

Huge Party at Roosevelt Stadium, 36 years ago when I was 17-18. I would turn 18 the next day.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Sue and I went to this show. Sue was my 20-21 year old girlfriend...the good ol' days of 73' when there was NO HIV AIDS and all the girls were into free love....if your dinky got stinky, they had a shot for it and you were good to go...dem days is over'...Sue and I had a great time...before, during and after the show...yum.

Jerry was all smiles at this show...his playin' is solid, professional, and hits the spot. Jerry had a great time at this show, we showed him all the love we had. Happy Birthday brother.

I remember the GRATEFUL DEAD nailing this show...we were all blown away. "The Band" was pretty good too, they played durin' the day, then the sun went down and the GRATEFUL DEAD came out.

This is back in the day when the DEAD still had American Flags and US Marine Stickers on their equipment oh, and "DEATH FROM ABOVE" U.S. Airborne stickers too...lmao.

For all collectors of 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD this show is a must have...for two reasons, 1. magnificent 73' show and 2. it's Jerry G's B-Day.

NYC crowds always seemed to energize the GRATEFUL DEAD. The Best shows outside of Frisco were in NYC or the immediate NYC area this is one of them.

I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.

Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.

Here's one way to stream/download this show:

The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.

RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at

Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.

If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.

Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.

When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.

Repeat these steps for each song.

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the LOVE from 1973.

PS: I think the DEAD were already in Novato, at the ranch firing off their automatic weapons back in 73. Anyone got a copy of the Angela Davis and Pigpen poster holding automatic rifles and shotguns on the front porch?

Peace and Love.

PSS: remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link and collect the poster and ticket for this's JERRY'S BIRTHDAY!
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